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Bladen County News

FIRST ON 3: Records show spike in prisoners injured in Bladen Co. jail

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videoRecords WWAY requested through the Freedom of Information Act from Bladen County show that eight inmates had to be taken to the hospital after jail fights in 2012. That's compared to six over the previous three years combined. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Bladen Co. Sheriff responds to jail beating

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videoMore than three weeks after a man was severely beaten inside the Bladen County Jail, the sheriff is finally speaking out. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Grief counselor turns words of comfort into poetic prose

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video She’s a grief counselor turned author. Katherine Roberts Moore of Ocean Isle Beach turned her words of healing into poetic prose. In the world of words, Katherine finds herself right at home. Influenced by her mother's love for vocabulary, ideas and imagination run wildly through Katherine’s head and flow straight to her pen. It lights a fire in her soul. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Fireworks erupt among Bladen Co. Commissioners, audience

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video Tempers flared at tonight's Bladen County Commissioners' meeting after commissioner Charles Peterson showed his disapproval of the board's no-vote in naming the emergency services building after former county Deputy Fire Marshall John Hall. Full story...
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Bladen county attorney: SBI won't be called to investigate jail beating case

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video Bladen county commissioners met for the first time Monday night since an inmate was beaten in the county jail. Commissioners said the recent case of violence would not be added to the agenda but would be discussed in a private session. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Fourth inmate charged in Bladen Co. Jail beating

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video A fourth inmate has been charged with the assault of a fellow inmate last month at the Bladen County Jail. David Wilson Gilchrist, 18, of Elizabethtown, is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and second degree kidnapping. Full story...
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Bladen County woman first to win $150,000 top prize in Hot Streak game

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Mary Sinkler, a resident of Elizabethtown, plans to pay bills after winning the first $150,000 top prize in the new Hot Streak game. “I didn’t believe it,” Sinkler said. “I had to get my daughter to look at it before I thought it was real.” Full story...
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Train derails near Bladenboro, forces evacuations

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videoAccording to Bladen County Dispatch a train has derailed near the town of Bladenboro. Emergency Management says only one car has chemicals in it, and it appears that it is not leaking at this time. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Elizabethtown bank robbery suspect arrested in California

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video A man wanted for a bank robbery in Bladen County earlier this month has been arrested in California. Full story...
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Bladen Co. jail beating victim back in hospital

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video The man severely beaten in the Bladen county jail last week is back in the hospital. Joshua Ward's wife, Amanda, tells us he was showing signs of improvement, but after being released from the hospital Friday, he suffered a chronic headache. Full story...
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